The care and management of trees is a professional area. The Government had completed a manpower study for the industry in 2017, result showed that there would be manpower shortages in arboriculture, horticulture and landscape architecture industries and the shortage was particularly serious for qualified arborists and skilled tree workers. The Financial Secretary proposed in the 2019-20 Budget Plan to set up a $200 million Urban Forestry Support Fund to provide training and attract more young people to join the arboriculture and horticulture industry, and to establish a professional system for the industry so as to upgrade the professional level of arboriculture and horticulture practitioners.

Professional fields covered:

  • Tree Pruning

  • Plant cultivation and propagation

  • Tree Planting, Transplanting and Removal

  • Soil Management
  • Plant Pest Management

  • Plant Diagnosis

  • Nursery Management

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4 Major Advantages for Earn and Learn
Earn and Learn : Participants will receive on-the-job training and classroom learning at the same time. A steady income and recognised qualification are guaranteed
All-round Career Support : One-stop career counselling and placement services
Professional Career after Scheme Completion : Upon completion of the scheme, graduates of Diploma of Foundation Studies will be entitled to a monthly salary not less than $10,500
Flexible Articulation Pathways : Graduates can pursue further studies to acquire higher qualifications and become a professional in the field

Diploma of Foundation Studies in Arboriculture

Study Arrangement

The first and second years

Participants will be employed by the participating companies as apprentices. Employer will sponsor the apprentice to study the Diploma of Foundation Studies (Arboriculture) programme at IVE for one day and one evening per week.

Allowance & Salary*

The first to second years

Participants will receive a total subsidy of $30,800 Industry Incentive Allowance from their employers and $54,000 from the Government, plus a guaranteed monthly salary not less than $8,000, the total monthly income will be around $10,000.
The first year of training
Monthly salary not less than $8,000 and an average of $2,000 Government Allowance
Monthly average
$10,000 or above
The second year of training
Monthly salary not less than $8,000 and an average of $2,500 Government Allowance
Monthly average
$10,500 or above
An additional subsidy during the first to second year $30,800

*  Mode of issuing subsidy and Government Allowance may vary across trades and industries.
.For enquiries, please contact the Office of the Director of Apprenticeship.

Tuition Fees

  • Tuition fees will be sponsored by employer.

Entry Requirement

  • Completion of Secondary 6 (under the New Senior Secondary academic structure) or equivalent.

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For enquiries:

Office of the Director of Apprenticeship

Tel: 3907 6786


Information as of June 2022. VTC reserves the right to revise or cancel any programme if circumstances so warrant. Details will be announced on the Admission Homepage.